Remembering a former student through sports

poster-tod-2017The first Tom O’Donnell indoor football tournament took place at St. John’s in 1998, in memory of Tom, a former student who battled cancer and sadly passed away. When Tom was ill and battling the illness, his family and friends noted the lack of hospital wards adapted to teenagers – the wards all seemed to be catered toward adults or children. After his death, the Tom O’Donnell Football Tournament was organized to raise money for the ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ in the UK. The proceeds have helped finance several hospital wards specially adapted to teenagers and their needs. A few years later, it was decided to support local Belgian foundation “Jour Après Jour” as it stood out as a wonderful charity to be involved with. The charity aims to save and improve the lives of children with cancer.

This year, the Tom O’Donnell Charity Tournament will be held on the Friday 17 and Saturday 18 March. Grades 5-8 will form teams of at least 5 players that compete after school on Friday, while the event on Saturday is open to the entire community: High School students, alumni, parents, teachers and anyone else who may be interested in forming a team.

The annual event is known for its great atmosphere, with food, drinks, football and the main part- remembering Tom O’Donnell and supporting two charities! Sign up sheets are available at the PE office, or you can e-mail Coach Simon at or Indira at, if you would like to take part or be a volunteer.